Consumerization of Healthcare

By Dean Koh 10:49 pm April 7, 2020
Brisbane-based ResApp, which creates smartphone apps for the diagnosis and management of respiratory diseases, last week announced its plans to launch SleepCheck, an at-home obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) screening app. The company said it plans to launch SleepCheck for iOS on the App Store in the United Kingdom and Australia in the second quarter of this calendar year, with availability in...

In response to the crisis, a variety of digital offerings have sprung up to ensure people can continue exercise while social distancing.

By Tammy Lovell 03:03 am March 24, 2020
As efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19, see gyms and sports facilities close throughout Europe, many people can no longer follow their usual exercise routines. To stay fit and healthy, the NHS advises adults to do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or around 20 to 30 minutes a day, but this may be difficult to achieve while homebound. In response to the crisis, a...
By Laura Lovett 02:26 pm March 16, 2020
CVS will be integrating social-care-coordination platform Unite Us into its opioid-focused program "Guardian Angel," which was launched by Aetna in 2018.  The duo will roll out this combined effort first in North Carolina, where case managers will be able to use the Unite Us platform to organize with social services, including housing, food and financial support. By the end of 2020, case managers...
By Dave Muoio 01:57 pm March 10, 2020
The past few days have seen 9to5Mac publish a torrent of new features it has spotted within the leaked code of Apple’s next firmware update, iOS 14. While the majority of these details have to do with interface customization, parental controls and the like, two new functionalities will be of particular interest to competitors already offering digital wellness tools. The first is blood oxygen-...
By Dean Koh 04:08 am March 4, 2020
DoctorOnCall, a Malaysia-based digital health platform by Health Digital Technologies Sdn. Bhd, has partnered with Merchantrade Asia Sdn Bhd (Merchantrade), which will allow Merchantrade Money application’s users to access online consultations with accredited doctors and e-pharmacy, purchase medication safely and have them delivered conveniently. Merchantrade Money users just have to click on the...

Credit: Celcom

By Dean Koh 03:00 am February 25, 2020
Celcom, the oldest mobile telecommunication provider in Malaysia, a member of the Axiata group of companies, has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with DoctorOnCall, a digital healthcare platform by Health Digital Technologies Sdn. Bhd.  WHAT’S IT ABOUT The partnership will look to explore innovations in the digital health space such as embedding DoctorOnCall plan(s) into Celcom...
By Laura Lovett 03:50 pm February 19, 2020
Amazon employees and their families living in Seattle will now have access to tech-enabled Amazon Care, CNBC first reported. This comes roughly five months after the news emerged that the company was planning this rollout.  Like many services on the market, the tech giant will be offering face-to-face and virtual care options.  Patients will be able to access care through multiple channels...
By Laura Lovett 01:31 pm February 13, 2020
Direct-to-consumer virtual health company Ro launched a new health information platform dubbed Health Guide.  Currently the platform covers sexual health, hair loss, weight management, diabetes, and men’s health.  However, a representative from the company said that in the future, the plan is to expand the offerings to not only cater to male users, and to include more conditions.  The company,...
By Dean Koh 05:41 am February 4, 2020
Singapore-headquartered digital health startup Gmedes announced the launch of G-MEDS, a clinic app service that allows clinics to electronically prescribe, bill, dispense and deliver routine medication directly to the homes and offices of patients or their caregivers. The service is targeted towards busy professionals, the elderly, home-bound patients and their caregivers. Through the G-MEDS app...
By Dave Muoio 02:49 pm January 29, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. While many would agree that healthcare is turning a corner with increasing focus on patient-friendly experiences and the consumerization of healthcare services, not every attempt in this area has been a home run. These shortcomings have been particularly disappointing in the realm of digital, where a successful, well-...